Most respondents appear satisfied with the way the media has covered the war, but not with how the Government has dispersed information.

Most people in Britain remain opposed to the mission in Afghanistan and continue to believe that the deployment of military forces was a mistake, a new Angus Reid Public Opinion poll has found.

The online survey of a representative national sample of 2,002 British adults also reveals that almost half of respondents appear disappointed with the way the Government has provided nformation about the war in Afghanistan.

The Mission

This month, 38 per cent of respondents (up two points since December) say they support the military operation involving UK soldiers in Afghanistan, while 52 per cent are opposed (down four points).

More than half of Britons (55%) believe the country made a mistake in sending military forces to Afghanistan. Also, 53 per cent of Britons say they have a clear idea of what the war in Afghanistan is about.

When The War is Over

When asked about what they think will be the most likely outcome of the war in Afghanistan, 13 per cent of Britons expect a clear victory by U.S. and allied forces over the Taliban, and 35 per cent foresee a negotiated settlement from a position of U.S. and allied strength that gives the Taliban a small role in the Afghan government.

In addition, 15 per cent of respondents foresee a negotiated settlement from a position of U.S. and allied weakness that gives the Taliban a significant role in the Afghan government, and eight per cent predict a military defeat of U.S. and allied forces by the Taliban.

Obama’s Plan

Only one third of Britons (34%) are very or moderately confident that the Obama Administration will be able to “finish the job” in Afghanistan, while a majority (55%) are not too confident or not confident at all.

The Media and the Government

Most people in Britain appear content with the way the country’s media outlets have covered the ongoing conflict. A majority of respondents (54%) claim that the media in the UK has provided the right amount of attention to Afghanistan, while 12 per cent think it has been too little, and 21 per cent say it has been too much.

Only three-in-ten Britons (29%) think the Government has provided the right amount of information about the war in Afghanistan, while almost half (47%) think it has been too little.

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